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10895   Private Henry Cowan
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Dated added: 30/11/2016   Last updated: 26/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 19/03/1916 (Killed in Action)
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Summary      
Henry Cowan was born in Strabane. Henry was a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force. Henry Cowan was living in Ballynasaggart, Ballygawley when he enlisted in Enniskillen. Private Henry Cowan was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed by a sniper on Sunday 19th March 1916. In his will, Henry left all to a Miss Agnes Watt of Cavey, Ballygawley. A newspaper reports that he was a cousin of Mrs Mary McClean of Ballynasaggart, Tyrone.
Further Information
Henry Cowan was born in Strabane.
Henry was a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force.
Henry Cowan was living in Ballynasaggart, Ballygawley when he enlisted in Enniskillen.
Medal card
Private Henry Cowan was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed by a sniper on Sunday 19th March 1916.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 3rd April 1916:
Private H Cowan, 10895, killed by a sniper on 19th March. Cousin of Mrs Mary McClean, Ballynasaggart, Tyrone, and formerly a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force.
In his will, Henry left all to a Miss Agnes Watt of Cavey, Ballygawley. At the time of Henry’s death, Agnes would have been about eighteen years old.
Last Will and Testament of Private Henry Cowan dated 27th October 1915:
In the event of my death, I leave the whole of my property, money and effects to Miss Augnes Watt, Cavey?, Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Ireland.
A newspaper reports that he was a cousin of Mrs Mary McClean of Ballynasaggart, Tyrone.
Private Henry Cowan is buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, five kilometres from Albert in France.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Ballynasaggart area Ballygawley Lived in Ballynasaggart area 54.459398 -7.076942
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists an Agnes Watt Lists Agnes Watt as age 3, living with her family at house 6 in Cavey, Favor Royal, Tyrone
2 BillionGraves.com Photo of Private Henry Cowan's gravestone
3 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private Henry Cowan
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Henry Cowan's gravetone can be purchased here
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